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Public Service Recognition Week: May 2-8, 2021

Since 1985, the first full week in May has been designated as Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), honoring those who serve our nation as federal, state, county, or local government employees. The Indiana State Personnel Department (INSPD) encourages your agency to celebrate this week with special events and by sharing employee activities on social media.

Join us in recognizing the amazing work of all those who work for Indiana. Here in state government, we’ll celebrate our state's public servants from May 2-8, 2021.

Stay tuned for more details about the statewide events occurring during PSRW 2021! Be sure to share how you are celebrating each day on social media using #PSRW and #INAppreciation and tagging @soiemployees on Facebook and Twitter.


Monday, May 3

Wellness Webinar from ActiveHealth: Go for your goals
Participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $50 gift card.

Available at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Plein Air Paint-Along (POSTPONED)

This event has been postponed and will now take place on Thursday, May 6. See details below.


Tuesday, May 4

Wellness Webinar from ActiveHealth: The Health Care Choices We Make
Participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $50 gift card.

Available at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.


Wednesday, May 5

Virtual Yoga with YMCA

Celebrate wellness by attending a virtual yoga class hosted by YMCA from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5.

If you missed the live event, no worries. Check out this YouTube playlist containing a variety of fitness classes provided by the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis!

Professional Development Day

Take advantage of the state’s free professional development opportunities from LinkedIn Learning. With more than 10,000 on-demand courses, there are ample opportunities for state workers to expand their knowledge – and advance their careers in the process. Learn more


Thursday, May 6

Theme Day: Years of State Service Day

Show your colors! Wear the following colors that correspond with how long you’ve been serving Indiana.

  • 0-2 years: Wear Green
  • 3-5 years: Wear Blue
  • 6-10 years: Wear Purple
  • 11-15 years: Wear Red
  • 16+ years: Wear Orange

RESCHEDULED: Plein Air Paint-Along

The first-ever Public Service Recognition Week Plein Air Paint-Along will take place on Thursday, May 6!

Join IOT’s Jeffrey Lahr, artist extraordinaire, from noon to 1 p.m. on Robert D. Orr Plaza for an in-person painting event like no other! Bring along your own materials – paints, brushes, crayons, pencils, etc. – to be part of the fun, or stop by just to watch as Jeff paints an original scene of the government center and Statehouse surroundings.

This event will live-streamed via Microsoft Teams.

Questions? Email spdcommunications@spd.in.gov. You can read more about Jeff’s artistic endeavors here, and check out his Facebook page, Art by Lahr.


Friday, May 7

Theme Day: Hoosier Pride Day

Show your Hoosier pride and wear anything Indiana! Sports, schools, if it’s Indiana, rock your gear.

Saturday, May 8

Visit a state park for free!

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is offering free admission to state employees at all state parks on May 8. Just let the gate attendant know you are a state employee for free admission.



Showing gratitude can be the simplest, yet most effective, way to boost morale and promote a healthy work culture, and it is the cornerstone of PSRW. The benefits of employee appreciation offer:

  • Increased productivity.
  • Enhanced customer service (internal and external).
  • Improved physical and mental wellness.
  • Greater job satisfaction.
  • A great way to model supportive behavior; generosity is contagious!

Here are a few suggestions for a great Public Service Recognition Week or #PSRW.

  1. Show your #INAppreciation on social media: Please use the hashtags #INAppreciation and #PSRW when posting on social media. Let's show those outside of state government all of the awesome things we're doing as state employees! We hope to see how your agency participates and celebrates the week. Please engage with our state employee accounts on Twitter (@SOIEmployees) and Facebook (State of IN Employees).
  2. Perform random acts of kindness: Write letters thanking fellow employees within your agency or within other state agencies. Send your thank you note via email or write a thank you card by hand and send it through the mail. Other ideas include baking cookies, sending flowers, etc.
    PSRW Thank You card template
  3. White board campaign: Participate in the Partnership for Public Service PSRW white board campaign. Use one of the white board templates to write why you serve or support public servants. Take a photo and share it on Facebook or Twitter! Templates are available for download below.
    I Serve Because...
    I Appreciate Public Servants Because...
  4. Have fun!